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Rules Of Civil Procedure



Every state has codes or rules of civil procedure. These are rules that govern court procedure. For instance how motions should be filed and the time in which to respond to a motion.

Such matters as notice requirements, service of process, time requirements for answers and counterclaims, and discovery are established by rules of civil procedure. Judges have some discretion to ignore some rules if their enforcement would cause injustice.

When filing an orginal petition for divorce your state's rules of civil procedure govern how to file, how to give notice of the filing and how long the opposing party has to respond to the original petition.

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